For Immediate Release: April 30, 2005
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Binghamton women's tennis defeats No. 3 UMBC in America East semifinals
Bearcats return for title rematch with 14-time champion Boston University

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Second-seeded Binghamton women's tennis (16-5) earned a second straight trip to the America East title match with a resounding 4-0 win over No. 3 UMBC in the championship semifinals Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats will face top-seeded and 10-time defending conference champion Boston University in Sunday's 2 p.m. match. The Terriers eliminated No. 3 Stony Brook 5-0 in the other semifinal.

Sophomore No. 1 Zeynep Altinay (Antalya, Turkey), the America East Player of the Year, rolled to a straight-set win, lifting her season record to 29-4 with her 15th straight victory.

The Bearcats and Terriers will meet in the championship match for the second straight year. Last spring, Boston University posted a 4-2 victory to claim its 14 conference title.

The winner of the America East Women’s Tennis Championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

No. 2 Binghamton 4, No 3 UMBC 0

#1 Zeynep Altinay (Binghamton) def. Ale Pedergnana (UMBC) 6-0, 6-4
#2 Aimee Lim (UMBC) led Jelena Koprivica (Binghamton) 6-4, 5-4
#3 Lya Kushnirovich (Binghamton) def. Adriana Fonseca (UMBC) 7-6, 7-5
#4 Jen Naegeli (Binghamton) def. Elizabeth Anderson (UMBC) 6-2, 6-0
#5 Alyssa Freeman (Binghamton) def. Pascaline Cette (UMBC) 4-1, ret.
#6 Vera Popova (Binghamton) led Idil Un (UMBC) 6-0, 3-0


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